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Panama City

Postby Fisching » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:13 pm

I am passing through Panama City next week and have some time to kill in the city. Has anyone ever been there and have an useful travel tips to pass on and recommendations on things to do?
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Re: Panama City

Postby flatlander51 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:21 pm

PC in FL or Panama?

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Re: Panama City

Postby Fisching » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:45 pm

It's Panama City, Panama. Who wants to visit the Florida one???

And yeah, I'm limited to a day... long layover.
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Re: Panama City

Postby flatlander51 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:52 pm

Well, actually I lived in Tallahassee for 11 years and spent a lot of time in the panhandle area, mostly scuba diving, boating, fishing and watching all the bilini-clad beauties strut up and down the sugar white sand beaches. So, I for one wouldn't mind visiting the Florida city again!

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Re: Panama City

Postby oldschoolczar » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:01 pm

I was there for just a day around last Xmas..

Go see Noriega's house.. kinda cool.. it's right in the city. Take a tour if you can.. interesting history about Noriega. It was more Americanized that I anticipated.. Trump tower, KFC, etc. Downtown is cool.. there's some cool architecture that's worth seeing. It is definitely pretty run down in some spots.

It's not far to the Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal. That was cool to see. They're expanding the canal and there's a ton of construction going on down there for the third set of locks... I think that project will be wrapping up in the next couple years, but it was cool just to see the scale of the project.
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Re: Panama City

Postby madbuck » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:10 pm

We got in/out as quickly as we could to do more fun things, but wasn't bad for a day. (Though I did do extra checks to make sure we didn't accidentally end up in Florida, ugh)..the city was big/spread out/crowded enough that I didn't bother to figure out the bus system, yet taxis were expensive, so it made more sense to pick one area and travel around by foot rather than trying to see everything.
Casco Viejo was great if you like old architecture, churches, etc. -- an older cultural and architectural heritage that we don't really have in the U.S. -- and seemed both safe (despite some warnings) and less touristy than, say, Amador Causeway, which was "ok." Panama Viejo ruins were "ok." Seeing the canal and bridge from a distance was enough for us, but of course it's a major historical and engineering marvel, so you can spend a lot more time there if you're into it.
Istmo Brewpub was good (food, beer, and scene).
Didn't check out Parque Natural Metropolitano,but if you want to avoid urban stuff or if you didn't see enough tropical flora/fauna otherwise, it would seem like a good bet to spend a good part of the day there, maybe go for a jog.

Anyway, Casco Viejo in the city and Istmo Brewpub are the only solid recommendations I can give, have fun!

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Re: Panama City

Postby jblyth » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:30 pm

Look into the San Blas Islands. A bit if work to get there, but well worth it.

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